New Business Center

This page includes resources and City requirements for a typical business and may not be exhaustive. The absence of an item from this guide does not constitute a waiver. While some links to external web pages are included for convenience, it remains the business owner's responsibility to communicate with and meet the requirements of all relevant local, state, and federal agencies.

New Business Resources

  • Who can provide entrepreneurial resources?
  • How do I find a location for my business?
  • Are incentives or financing assistance available?
  • What licenses and permits will be needed?
  • How do I start utilities and services for my business?
  • What taxes and fees will my business need to pay (and collect)?

Who can provide entrepreneurial resources?

MI Small Business Development Center
(586) 254-3551
The MI-SBDC is an SBA funded non-profit organization that
provides valuable resources to entrepreneurs. Low-cost training, one-on-one counseling, and market research are a few of the services the SBDC offers to assist companies in achieving their desired outcomes. Whether yours is a new business looking for guidance, an existing business primed for growth or a high tech venture, the SBDC has services designed specifically for you.
Macomb County Small Business Resources

(586) 469-5285
Macomb County works closely with the Michigan Small Business Development Center to help entreprenuers get their businesses started successfully. Through that partnership, we offer access to the services of SBDC Certified Business Consultants who are prepared to work with you and your small business in a variety of areas including; marketing, financial analysis and planning, strategic planning, management and operations.

How do I find a location for my business?

City of Richmond Economic Development Division
(586) 727-7571
Identifying the right location can be one of the most difficult tasks for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand a business. Many factors influence business location including market size, competition, condition of existing buildings, feasibility of renovation or new construction, zoning, etc. Taking advantage of all of the resources available to help can improve your chance for success. If you haven't already identified a location for your business, resources are available to help you.
Macomb County Site Selection Services

(586) 469-5285
Finding the right location to build or grow a business is a critical decision. Our research specialists can help you find available buildings or developable sites based on your specifications.
Is a special planning/zoning approval needed to operate in this location?

What's my Zoning?

Zoning Ordinance
Business uses may be permitted by right, require a special
condition use approval, or require a hearing by the Board of Zoning Appeals. You will need to reference the Zoning Ordinance or contact the Planning Department. To determine whether a special condition use approval is required for a specific business, reference the Zoning Ordinance (see pp. 4-2 though 4-9). For documentation regarding non-conforming ("grandfathered") uses, please contact the Planning Director.

Are incentives or financing assistance available?

Economic Development
(586) 727-7571
The Planning & Economic Development Department assists
businesses with site development, expansion, and location within the City. Staff can provide information and assistance for tax abatements, site selection, and our TIFA facade programs that provide cost assistance for building upgrades in our historic business districts.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

(822) 522-0103
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) works to increase the availability of capital for companies in Michigan at every stage of company development. MEDC can help connect your business with capital providers - federal grants, venture capitalists, banks, and others - as well as offer programs that can expand the reach of those capital providers.

What licenses and permit will be needed?

Michigan Business One Stop
Use this comprehensive tool to identify state requirements for business, including licenses and permits. The idea behind the Michigan Business One Stop is to make doing business in our state easier than ever!